Had to rinse the dirty taste of politics out of my mouth by offering up something a little lighter. As such, here is my soundtrack for this Friday night while I do laundry and get ready for a trip up north:
1. Help Me Make It Through the Night - Kris Kristofferson - one of my all-time favourite songwriters. One of my favourite songs.
2. String Bean Jean - Belle and Sebastien - I've become a B&S junkie and I'm not afraid to admit it.
3. Easy Does It - Bonnie Prince Billy - My friend Ezio turned me on to Mr. Oldham's wonderful music. It took me a while to fall under the spell, but I did.
4. Tank Park Salute - Billy Bragg - I put this on a mixed cd I recently made for a friend and now I can't stop listening to it.
5. Angel of Lyon - Tom Russell - Americana never sounded so good. My foot stomps and my heart soars just thinking of it.
6. Willow Tree - Chad Vangaalen - Barbara is right. He is great.
7. Born On a Train - Magnetic Fields - Oddly perfect pop is what they do and this is both odd and perfect.
8. Most of the Time (alternate version) - Bob Dylan - Even his outtakes are golden.
9. Famous Blue Raincoat - Leonard Cohen - The weather turns cold and my heart turns to old Cohen songs for sustenance.
10. The Needle Has Landed - Neko Case - What a voice.
11. Country Road - Forest City Lovers - Saw this band at Word on the Street. Fantastic.
12. He Stopped Loving Her Today - Johnny Cash - George Jones does do it better, but this one, with Cash's aged voice and simple accompaniment, is a gem in its own right.
So, what are you listening to right now?